Started work again today, still 100% from home until at least September 20th. I spent the first 90 minutes going through e-mails, then a first meeting with a small portion of my team including my service manager. First it’s a bit of holiday chit chat, then down to business and then the service manager starts pushing… ugh…
This is the dialogue from my side.
- I’ll be picking up these two priorities (and explain them)
We go through a whole list of things then service manager starts.
- Yes, I already told you that issue is top of my priority list.
- And yes, that one too.
- No, I have those two priorities first and they are a lot of work, that other thing will have to wait.
- That too
He doesn’t want to put pressure on, but there he goes. And the annoying thing is that his priorities change daily. So, tomorrow it’ll be something else. And then I’ll have researched something he wanted researched and he’ll say, “Oh no, I’ve changed my mind, I don’t need that after all.” Or he wants advice on some policy change because “he trusts our judgment” and then we give that advice and he says it can’t happen because so-and-so (who has little to do with it or knows little on the matter) doesn’t approve. Honestly, the more I’m pushed, the more I get the urge to just sit back and do nothing!
Then after the meeting he wanted to speak with me privately, asking me how I am as he knows I don’t enjoy the work anymore. It’s very sweet and all but the last time I did that and spoke very honestly, he started excluding me from stuff, which didn’t help and I had to fight my way back in. There isn’t much he can do to make my work better, I just want other work completely. No more Office365 stuff, just something completely different that does not specialize in IT. He knows this, so there is nothing new I can tell him. So, this time I kept my answers friendly and diplomatic, told him I was quite refreshed and doing my best but also still looking around for other work. I decided to not go into confrontation mode about him being a big annoying factor in my work, I don’t need more drama than the drama of already disliking this IT job.
Suffice it to say that after an hour and fifteen minutes, I was really ready for my first break. Had some belated breakfast and decided that as the weather is nice, it might help to relax me to work outside…
So, here I am, blogging this before I move on to my afternoon’s work with priority number one (after I finish going through the final e-mails I have not gotten around to yet). I wish I was still on holiday…